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How I made Tech Packs for my first drop

Even though I went to technical school first, I only learned about Tech Packs when I got my first job, as a Product Development Assistant. This was back in São Paulo, Brazil, and all our manufacturers were local sewing workshops or independent seamstresses with a sewing machine in their backyard.They'd come to us, we'd have a chat about the design we wanted to make; give them the fabric, buttons and labels; sometimes lend them one of our pieces to copy; and they'd return in 2-3 weeks with a prototype. If it sounds too casual, well, it's because it was. And chaotic as hell. Most Fashion brands are, so all my jobs were less about making Tech Packs, and more about organisation: tidying up the...

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Free flat sketches: Swimwear

I've been stuck on some of my super personal, super in-depth articles - but I've also been doing a lot of flat sketches on Illustrator. And it's about time I shared more of those. Click here to subscribe and get access to these & more free resources: Swimwear flats: 2-piece (90s sportswear inspired) Swimwear flats: classics (string tie up bikini with all the details, but you figure out the rest on the one piece)  

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Vintage overview: Italian Sailor trousers

Plus free flat sketches! As I wrote on my post about redoing a vintage kimono, I love shopping for vintage clothes, supposedly for research purposes and actually for wearing them myself. This weekend I decided it was about time I adjusted two pairs of sailor trousers - one Italian, and one French - bought in August 2016, at Cenci Vintage London (hint: don't be fooled by the number of followers on their Instagram, major Fashion houses send their teams there twice a year for research!). And since I had to take them apart anyway, there was no excuse for not drafting the patterns, as well. These trousers have no side seam, only an inseam; it's an interesting construction that is...

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Vintage pattern: French Sailor trousers

It’s that time of the year: the holidays are over and now you’re stuck with that holiday weight and all the articles on how to lose it. Medium tried to be clever and sent an article titled “How to eat according to your carb tolerance” on their daily digest, but I’m not that kind of person so I’d rather announce the glories of these French sailor trousers that, besides being very Jean Paul Gaultier-esque, is very effective at hiding a protruding tummy.   Italian sailor trousers on the left, tummy-covering French sailor ones on the right. And I’ve also promised to share the patterns on a previous post. It took me considerable time to prepare this tutorial, since I wanted...

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Vintage overview: Women's tailored jacket - Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons

Plus free flat sketches!  Fashion Tech support is now on Pinterest. In the very recent past, I still had mixed feelings about Pinterest as for most people - myself included - it is a tool for wasting time pinning away aimlessly and calling it research (that post is coming). As a Marketing tool, it's been very useful to see which pins have the most views. Between the technical stuff, only my flat sketch of a tailored jacket is receiving more attention so I'll try to offer more free flat sketches (in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015) in quick-fire blog posts, instead of full tech pack templates, which are very time-consuming due to my overthinking and over-worrying (that post is coming, too)....

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